Arts in the Environment

Featured Artist - Carol Woodin

Carol Woodin

Carol Woodin’s interest in the natural world and love of painting dovetailed into a career as an artist specializing in rare plants with a focus on orchids. Having served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Woodin is now its Director of Exhibitions. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society.

In 1995, she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society of England for her watercolors of Paphiopedilums, and in 1998 she received the "Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art" from the American Society of Botanical Artists. She was commissioned to paint the publicity image for the World Orchid Conference in Dijon, France in 2005 and received a gold medal for her paintings exhibited at the conference.

For many years Woodin has been working in watercolor on vellum, which she frequently stretches on prepared board. This beautiful and translucent calfskin has been used for at least 2,000 years. Its warmth and modulation lends itself perfectly to the rendering of plant life. Each skin, like the language of each plant, is unique. Laying down this language in watercolor recalls the historical use of vellum for the pages of illuminated manuscripts.

Her artwork has been widely exhibited and collected. Recent venues include the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in England, Newhouse Galleries in New York, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Some notable collections that include her paintings are the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and BlackRock Corporation. Her work appears in all five of Dr. Shirley Sherwood’s books, including “Treasures of Botanical Art” in Phillip Cribb’s monograph “The Genus Paphiopedilum,” published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and in "Curtis’s Botanical Magazine,” among others. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Americas, Australia, Japan, South Africa, U.K., Sweden, and Italy. She is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper.

She is currently engaged in preparing the plates for the upcoming monograph “Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas” being authored by Phillip Cribb.

Mexipedium Xerophyticum


Paphiopedilum Vietnamense


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